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New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed a breakthrough legislation that extends the statue of restrictions for victims of rape in the second and third degree on Wednesday and celebrated with selfies with activists Time & # 39; s Up, Michelle Hurd (second right), Julianne Moore ( left) and Mira Sorvino (third right))

New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed a breakthrough legislation that extends the statue of restrictions for rape victims in the second and third degrees on Wednesday and celebrated with selfies with Time & # 39; s Up activists Michelle Hurd, Julianne Moore and Mira Sorvino.

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Cuomo signed the new bill in his Manhattan office, surrounded by Time & # 39; s Up and # MeToo activists lobbying for the legislation.

The new law gives survivors of second-degree rape victims 20 years to report and third-degree rape victims to 10 years to seek justice. Victims previously had a limit of just five years to submit rape requests.

& # 39; Rape and sexual abuse are much more common and more common than we admit, & # 39; Cuomo said. # You will never solve a problem in life that you do not want to admit and denial is not a life strategy. We have denied this for too long. & # 39;

& # 39; This was really a team effort and a group effort, & # 39; Cuomo said from the drawing board alongside Michelle Hurd, Julianne Moore and Mira Sorvino.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed a breakthrough legislation that extends the statue of restrictions for victims of rape in the second and third degree on Wednesday and celebrated with selfies with activists Time & # 39; s Up, Michelle Hurd (second right), Julianne Moore ( left) and Mira Sorvino (third right))

New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed a breakthrough legislation that extends the statue of restrictions for victims of rape in the second and third degree on Wednesday and celebrated with selfies with activists Time & # 39; s Up, Michelle Hurd (second right), Julianne Moore ( left) and Mira Sorvino (third right))

History in the making! The new law gives survivors of second-degree rape victims 20 years to bring charges and third-degree rape victims to 10 years. Victims previously had a limit of just five years to submit rape requests
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History in the making! The new law gives survivors of second-degree rape victims 20 years to introduce charges and third-degree rape victims up to 10 years. Victims previously had a limit of just five years to submit rape requests

History in the making! The new law gives survivors of second-degree rape victims 20 years to introduce charges and third-degree rape victims up to 10 years. Victims previously had a limit of just five years to submit rape requests

Say Cheese! Cuomo signed the new bill in his Manhattan office, surrounded by Time & # 39; s Up and # MeToo activists lobbying for the legislation

Say Cheese! Cuomo signed the new bill in his Manhattan office, surrounded by Time & # 39; s Up and # MeToo activists lobbying for the legislation

Say Cheese! Cuomo signed the new bill in his Manhattan office, surrounded by Time & # 39; s Up and # MeToo activists lobbying for the legislation

& # 39; Rape and sexual abuse are much more common and more common than we admit, & # 39; Cuomo said. # You will never solve a problem in life that you do not want to admit and denial is not a life strategy. We have denied this for too long & # 39;

& # 39; Rape and sexual abuse are much more common and more common than we admit, & # 39; Cuomo said. # You will never solve a problem in life that you do not want to admit and denial is not a life strategy. We have denied this for too long & # 39;

& # 39; Rape and sexual abuse are much more common and more common than we admit, & # 39; Cuomo said. # You will never solve a problem in life that you do not want to admit and denial is not a life strategy. We have denied this for too long & # 39;

& # 39; Time’s Up has done a fantastic job, & # 39; he added New York Daily News, referring to the radical movement that led to the allegations of rape against the shamed film magnate Harvey Weinstein in 2017.

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The law gives New York one of the most difficult rape laws in the nation.

"It can be incredibly difficult for survivors to come forward when they are attacked," said Hurd, the SVU Law & Order actress and leader of the Time & Up 39's Movement. & # 39; The state of New York no longer has an unjustified expiration date for justice for survivors of rape. & # 39;

& # 39; There is a hunger for justice and we are here to tell all of you who feel hungry that we are getting closer to that day when predators will not continue to abuse in an atmosphere of impunity & # 39 ;, Sorvino, a Time & # 39; s Up and # MeToo activist said.

& # 39; There is a hunger for justice and we are here to tell all of you who feel that hunger that we are getting closer to that day when predators will not continue to abuse in an atmosphere of impunity & # 39 ;, Mira Sorvino, a Time & # 39; s Up and #MeToo activist said. Sorvino pictured above when signing

& # 39; There is a hunger for justice and we are here to tell all of you who feel that hunger that we are getting closer to that day when predators will not continue to abuse in an atmosphere of impunity & # 39 ;, Mira Sorvino, a Time & # 39; s Up and #MeToo activist said. Sorvino pictured above when signing

& # 39; There is a hunger for justice and we are here to tell all of you who feel that hunger that we are getting closer to that day when predators will not continue to abuse in an atmosphere of impunity & # 39 ;, Mira Sorvino, a Time & # 39; s Up and #MeToo activist said. Sorvino pictured above when signing

& # 39; The state of New York no longer has an unjustified expiration date for justice for survivors of rape & # 39 ;, said Law & Order SVU actress and Time & # 39; s Up leader Michelle Hurd
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& # 39; The state of New York no longer has an unjustified expiration date for justice for survivors of rape & # 39 ;, said Law & Order SVU actress and Time & # 39; s Up leader Michelle Hurd

& # 39; The state of New York no longer has an unjustified expiration date for justice for survivors of rape & # 39 ;, said Law & Order SVU actress and Time & # 39; s Up leader Michelle Hurd

& # 39; We are very happy that the safety agenda for Time’s Up is signed today in a bill & # 39 ;, said Moore, an activist for Time & # 39; s Up.

& # 39; We are very happy that the safety agenda for Time’s Up is signed today in a bill & # 39 ;, said Moore, an activist for Time & # 39; s Up.

"We are very happy that the safety agenda of Time & # 39; s Up is signed today in a bill," said Moore, an activist of Time & # 39; s Up.

& # 39; So I and we are here to say to survivors, you are not the guilty party, you are not worthless, you are no less than, & # 39; she added. & # 39; You are not dirty or damaged goods. You are not without a story or you support credibility. You are not without hope! & # 39;

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The Mighty Aphodite actress has been public about how she was raped and in June she previously gave a powerful witness to the legislators about the attack. She was also an early Weinstein prosecutor.

& # 39; There are currently all those survivors who need justice, who must feel they can take the time they need to resolve the trauma, to resolve the shame, & # 39; she said.

On Wednesday, Sorvino triumphantly said that every time someone stands up for & # 39; rape of culture & # 39; it means & # 39; we stand up for all of us & # 39 ;.

Time & # 39; s Up: Sorvino pictured on the signing of New York state legislation extending the statue of limitations for victims of rape in the second and third degree on Wednesday

Time & # 39; s Up: Sorvino pictured on the signing of New York state legislation extending the statue of limitations for victims of rape in the second and third degree on Wednesday

Time & # 39; s Up: Sorvino pictured on the signing of New York state legislation extending the statue of limitations for victims of rape in the second and third degree on Wednesday

Roberta Kaplan, the co-founder of the Time & # 39; s Up Legal Defense Fund, introduced himself smilingly during Wednesday's signing. The new account was lobbied by Time & # 39; s Up and #MeToo activists
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Roberta Kaplan, the co-founder of the Time & # 39; s Up Legal Defense Fund, introduced himself smilingly during Wednesday's signing. The new account was lobbied by Time & # 39; s Up and #MeToo activists

Roberta Kaplan, the co-founder of the Time & # 39; s Up Legal Defense Fund, introduced himself smilingly during Wednesday's signing. The new account was lobbied by Time & # 39; s Up and #MeToo activists

& # 39; We are very pleased that the Time & # 39; s Up safety agenda is signed today in a bill & # 39 ;, Moore said in her brief comments.

State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, who has spoken about her own experience of surviving sexual abuse, praised the new law.

& # 39; By extending the statute of limitations for certain offenses of rape, sexual criminal acts and incest, the state of New York adopts procedures that allow survivors of sexual violence to report on their own terms & # 39 ;, she said in a statement .

The law also extends the statute of limitations to 20 years for a criminal sexual act in the second degree and incest in the second degree, and to 10 years for a criminal sexual act in the third degree.

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